Monday, June 04, 2007

Sandy Berger and the Clinton Cover-Up - Why It Matters

Sandy Berger and the Clinton Cover-Up - Why It Matters
By Ronald A. Cass

On May 17th, Sandy Berger, President Bill Clinton's National Security Adviser, voluntarily gave up his law license and with it the right to practice law. That is a stunning move for an accomplished lawyer, one of the nation's most influential public officials. Someone should take note. In fact, everyone should.

Berger previously entered a deal with the Department of Justice after he was caught stealing and destroying highly sensitive classified material regarding the Clinton Administration's handling of terrorism issues. That deal allowed him to avoid jail time, pay a modest fine, and keep his law license. It also allowed him to avoid full explanation of what he had taken and why he had taken it.

What information was worth risking his reputation, his career, and his freedom to keep hidden? And who was he risking that for?

Recently, the Board of the DC Bar, which had granted Berger his license, began asking those questions. There was only one way to stop that investigation, to keep from answering questions about what he did and why he did it, to keep the Bar from questioning his colleagues in the Clinton Administration about what had been in the documents Berger destroyed.

Berger took that step, surrendering his license, and stopping the investigation.

Ordinarily, anyone who has spent the time, effort, and money needed to master one of the "learned professions" fights with the utmost determination to keep his license. That is not merely a ticket to practice your chosen profession - it is also a badge of honor and accomplishment. Ask any doctor or lawyer, any architect or CPA, any professional at all, what it means to give that up.

That Berger didn't fight speaks volumes.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sort of off topic, but CBS is reporting that William Jefferson (D-LA) will be indicted this afternoon on corruption charges.

Gonna be REAL interesting to see how the lefties defend his decision to stay in office and the circling of the CBC wagons.

I can already smell the hypocrasy.

9:53 AM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Clinton has a VERY LONG arm! Too many deaths and "suicides" around them, they carry the stench of carrion with them wherever they go!


12:02 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Thanks, Phan! It sure is not off topic!

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why hasn't Senor Sandy been hooked up to a lie detector test yet? It would be pretty stupid for the Bush justice dept. to go easy on the putz out of deference to the last adiministration. Within 3 mos. of taking office, a Dem Administration will have Bush officials under oath in front of office. That's guarandamnteed.

I'm sick to death of the way these Clintonites flout all the laws!


4:26 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

MORGAN--Libby will go to jail and ass Burger will get off scot-free; I'm terribly surprised Peterson was charged.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

The enduring shame of the Bush administration is its unwillingness to enforce the law. From the borders to Berger, it's the same tragic story.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right Russet.

6:45 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Hi, Russet Shadows! Yes, we need someone with some guts that will lower the boom on these folks. Shoot, I've got 2-3 articles up on Dem corruption on this page alone. Some of this is going to have to be met with strength.

Fred Thompson anyone?

8:17 PM  

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